Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics Graduates First Student
The Masters of Science in Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics, a new graduate program in the Doisy College of Health Sciences, started in the fall of 2012. The program is the first of its kind to offer a Master's of science in the radiological sciences that includes clinical trials and hands-on research experience with a primary investigator.
The program is proud to announce that first graduate, Aaron Ferguson, has successfully completed the didactic and clinical portion of the program with a concentration in magnetic resonance imaging this past October. Mr. Ferguson's degree was conferred in December. While completing his degree, Mr. Ferguson also completed a 12 week rotation in the Center for Clinical Imaging Research at Washington University. He collaborated with Richard Laforest, Ph.D., and Jonathon McConathy, M.D., Ph.D., to investigate and correct for the attenuation caused by MR headphones during simultaneous positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance (PET/MR) studies. The manuscript from their research project was accepted by the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology and will be published in June. Among his other accomplishments, Mr. Ferguson passed the MRI registry exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist- scoring above the national average.
Mr. Ferguson moved from Kansas City with his wife and two children to be the first graduate from the Masters of Science in Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics program. "The Masters of Science in Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics program at Saint Louis University opens a new avenue of professional development for technologists and addresses the evolving need for properly trained hybrid imaging technologists in the field of molecular imaging. As the first graduate of this program, I would like to find a career where I can have an impact on the future of molecular imaging and therapy," Aaron said.
Post-graduation, Mr. Ferguson accepted a position at the local St. Louis research firm, Biomedical Systems. The faculty from the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics are very proud of Mr. Ferguson, his completion of this innovative new program, success in the registry exam and recent employment.
The program focuses on individuals with a background in imaging and therapeutic sciences, who want to pursue a new area of study for educational and research purposes. Upon completion, graduates will not only have research credentials, but will leave specializing in two disciplines of imaging and therapeutic sciences making them highly marketable and valuable to future employers.